Psychological Test, O'Rourke Mechanical Aptitude Test. Form A

Psychological Test, O'Rourke Mechanical Aptitude Test. Form A

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Lawrence James O’Rourke (1892-1965), the author of this test, was the first professional psychologist to work for the U.S. Civil Service Commission. O’Rourke received his A.B. from Lawrence College in Wisconsin in 1915, his A.M. from Cornell in 1918, and his PhD. from George Washington University in 1922. He was hired to do personnel research for the Civil Service that same year, having previously worked at the War Department. He remained at the Civil Service Commission until his retirement in 1944.
O’Rourke developed several tests for vocational guidance, including this one from 1940. He also was closely associated with the Psychological Institute, the publisher of the test.
According to the test, L.J. O’Rourke, PhD., had been a Development Specialist with the Advisory Board to the War Department and was Director of Personnel Research of the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
American Psychological Association, 1962 Directory, ed, James Q. Holsopple, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1962, p. 541.
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Object Name
Psychological Test
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O'Rourke, L. J.
Psychological Institute
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paper (overall material)
overall: 21.5 cm x 28 cm; 8 15/32 in x 11 1/32 in
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Gift of David Gold
Psychological Tests
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